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causing a controversy ahead of elections due to come up this september. angela merkel's government has presented plans to slow the rise. >> the plan involves limiting the surcharge consumers paid to support the expansion of renewable energy like wind and solar, but that could prove controversial. >> renewals like wind and solar now account for a quarter of the electricity produced in germany, but going green costs money. now the government plans to cap electricity costs both by cutting green energy subsidies and scrapping special allowances for industries that use large amounts of energy. >> we all know that price is not the only issue in germany's energy transition, but it is an important issue that has lots of people worried, so we have to give some answers. >> the government wants to keep prices stable by canceling a planned 2 billion euros increase to a green energy subsidy paid by consumers, but first, they have to convince opposition parties to go along with it. >> we cannot allow them to put the brakes on expanding renewable energy. we want to meet the goals we have set for clim
are repayments, repayments scheduled, the election in germany and we all know, i believe that angela merkel will be re-elected, but those are the sort of big things that i'm looking at to see how the markets will react. >> let me switch gears to ask you your take on the banking sector. i know you're on the board of barclays so i'm not asking to give away any secrets here, but there's a real movement across the world to split up some of these banks. how do you think this is going to go? are you expecting a global standard when it comes to the financial services sector? what's your take on how the major banks change the course of business in the coming years? >> well, maria, i'm sure you're aware that, obviously, i have restrictions about what i can say, but i think that the story in general since 2009 has been one of global standards. i know christ ianella guard has spoken about this going back to the g-20. a lot of discussion about coming together. there's a lot of conversations going on in the background that are aiming to have some convergence around these issues. remember, these economie
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